Chokwe Lumumba, Jackson, Miss. Mayor and Rights Activist, Dies at 66

Image: Chokwe Lumumba, Jackson, Miss. Mayor and Rights Activist, Dies at 66

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 04:04 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Miss., and a well-known lawyer and human rights activist, died Tuesday at age 66.

A cause of death wasn’t immediately reported.

Lumumba, who died at St. Dominic Hospital, was said to have a cold, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

A statement from Chief of Staff Safiya Omari was posted on the mayor’s Facebook page.

 


Lumumba, a Democrat, was sworn in as mayor in July after serving a year on the City Council. He is known for his legal representation of rapper Tupac Shakur, including a case in which Shakur was cleared of aggravated assault charges in the shootings of two off-duty police officers.

Other high-profile work includes convincing Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to release the Scott Sisters from prison, where they served 16 years for an armed robbery they said they didn’t commit. As mayor, he convinced voters to pass a 1-cent local sales tax for infrastructure improvements.

According to his election website, Lumumba’s activism included advocating for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, mentoring youth and co-founding the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

Lumumba had three children: Kambon Mutope, Rukia Kai, and Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

News of Lumbumba’s death spurred an outpouring on Twitter, including posts from The Rev. Al Sharpton and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.





Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Tapeworm in Brain of Man for 4 Years Removed by Surgeons

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:33 PM

A tapeworm that not only lived in a man's brain for four years but traveled from one side of the brain to the other has  . . .

Window Washer's 11-Story Fall Ends Atop Car - He Survived!

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 17:14 PM

A window washer survived with critical injuries after falling 11 stories from the roof of a San Francisco bank building  . . .

Georgia O'Keefe $44 Million Painting Most for Woman Artist

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 16:49 PM

A new world auction record for women artists was set when a painting by late American artist Georgia O'Keeffe sold for m . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved